Prologue Birth of a Hero They were both born under the sign of Gemini, and for those who believe in the stars as arbiters of fate this must have seemed the link that bound them. She herself was to invoke the heavens when at last they met. Her birth thus was chronicled, documented and celebrated with fanfares though she should have been a boy. But his. It was the merest chance that he was found at all, for the bundle was half concealed by sacking and the Tyne docks that mid-morning in were high-piled with packing cases waiting to be loaded on the boats for Scandinavia, with rusty barrels, coils of rope and coal from the barges. But among the shawled and clogged women on their way to work on the Fish Quay there was one who had sharp ears and detected above the screeching of the gulls another, more frantic and urgent cry.
|Published (Last):||1 October 2016|
|PDF File Size:||5.36 Mb|
|ePub File Size:||12.65 Mb|
|Price:||Free* [*Free Regsitration Required]|
Shelves: romance When I flipped through the book at the library the cover told me this was the story of beautiful dark eyed princess who has shrugged off her royal duties and taken up the life of theatre and how she meets and falls in love with a handsome and rich English businessman.
No, this was less of romance and more of, well When I flipped through the book at the library the cover told me this was the story of beautiful dark eyed princess who has shrugged off her royal duties and taken up the life of theatre and how she meets and falls in love with a handsome and rich English businessman.
Putzerl, or rather, Princess Theresa belongs to a more progressive branch of royalty. She is a staunch republican at heart and after the war she is one of those who fiercely support the end of royalty. She is dedicated to art and so, informing her aunts, she sets off to Vienna where she takes up the job of a stage hand at the International Opera Company to serve the art she so believes in.
It has a lot of stuff going on. All of it makes you want to put down the book and grab the first tickets to Austria that very moment. There are pages and pages on the antics that go on backstage at the theatre, the superstitions of the performers, their dreams and hopes, their fears and failures and eccentricites, the bailiffs, the pressure of performance, the rush to grab the audiences attention, the scarcity of money And then, only then, is it about any romance at all.
But I loved the story. Every single last bit of it. Eva Ibbotson is one of those authors who leave you begging for more and I highly recommend anyone and everyone with an interest in art, music, history or theatre to pick up the book.